Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Isn't she ugly!

In our first post, I gave a sneak peak at today's project:

Isn't she UGLY!



She may be ugly, but she is solid wood, is a great size, and has some real potential! Not to mention she was a pretty good deal. We found her Saturday at a local church garage sale. There wasn't much there to look at, and she caught my eye when I walked in. I have been wanting to find a smaller table for my entry. I love the table I have there now, but it is too big for the space.

At first look my opinion was that the piece was overpriced. It wasn't even 8 a.m., the church was trying to make money for a mission trip somewhere so I didn't feel like I could ask for a lower price yet. Suzanna and I talked about her and decided she was just too ugly for what they were asking! I wrote her off as somebody else's ugly treasure and we headed for the next sale.
I couldn't get her out of my mind as we shopped. Later in the afternoon, I had just left WalMart and saw a sign for that garage sale that listed the time as 7am-1pm. It was 12:45. I turned the car around and figured it wouldn't hurt to pop in and see if she was still junking up the place.

She was, I bargained and she came home with me for $15.00. Half of what they had asked for it.

Here she is after removing the doors and sanding. (FYI she fit in the backseat of my husband's Maxima....don't tell him)


The hardware had a nasty hue to them. I call it "20 year grunge...no cleaning"

The hinges and handles were painted using one of my favorite paints for knobs and hardware:
American Accents Hammered Finish

Instantly it updates the hardware. I thought of replacing the hardware, but i kind of like the BIG chunky look of these knobs!

Here is the body after one coat of spray paint. I used Krylon Blue Ocean. It is the same color I used on the foam piece in yesterday's post. I took a break after this coat and went inside to get a drink. I heard something hitting the windows and looked out to find a torrential downpour! I made my 13 year old son come help me drag it back into the garage! Thankfully no damage was done!
After drying, I began sanding. There were LOTS of edges on this piece b/c of that thick molding on the doors. You can from the top I wasn't too even on the coat of paint, but I didn't care since I would be distressing and aging the whole thing.
Sanding these doors took time. It was 95 degrees in 90% Alabama humidity. I was one hot, sweaty mama!
I tried to make sure to get into the grooves with my sanding block. In doing so I also scratched the smooth back. I have to admit it bugged me a little bit, but I decided it didn't bug me enough to go back and repaint.
I haven't even gotten any glaze on it yet and already I am loving it!
Before I glazed, I put the hardware and doors back on. The sun was really bright, so you loose some of the distressing, but I promise it is plenty distressed!

Here is a shot of the doors and how I actually got them to line up! When I took all the hardware off, I made sure to not which hinge went on which door and in which spot. I learned when I painted kitchen cabinets that this actually does matter! The doors close smooth, line up straight, and are nice and even!

The door before I started glazing.
The color is very pretty, but too bright for me.
Ahhhhh! That's better. I do have five kids! This finish is much more in line with how things should be in our house. Four boys......need I say more.
On this piece I used Valspar Signature Colors Antiquing Glaze.I watered it down equal parts water to glaze. This gave me the coverage I wanted in a glaze that was wet enough to do large areas in 95 degree heat but was still thick enough that it wouldn't run and drip.
Here you can see about how thick I applied the glaze before I began wiping it down. Don't be afraid to put a thick coat on there. You can keep wiping till you get it how you like. If you remove too much, just throw another coat on.
I used a brush to get into the tight spaces. I wanted it really antiqued, so I left a good bit of glaze in the detailed pieces.
My husband came home just as I was finishing the front. He was skeptical when he saw what I had bought, but even he admitted yesterday the piece turned out nice.
Storm clouds were blowing up, so i did the top all at once. It left it a little uneven, but that was better than getting rained on and ruined! (The picture above is with the glaze waiting to be wiped down)
Here it is after wiping down the top and finishing the bottom. I think it looks fantastic and can't wait to move her inside! Um....I just noticed I put the handles on upside down! Oops! Isn't the change dramatic! The starting picture shows exactly why she was at someones yard sale. UGLY. The wood was dry and had that "splatter paint" stain finish on it. I am sure it was lovely back in 1973, but it wasn't cutting it for today! I have great plans for her! Plans that include an old wooden window and some vinyl!
I think she has definitely gone from UGLY to lovely!
Did you notice that white dresser the glaze was sitting on? That is my next project! That was a craigslist find, no make that STEAL!!!

Edited 8/11: This project was on Better After (one of my FAVORITE sites! how exciting!) today in " Lotsa Aqua"




Edited 7/13: I am linking to CSI Project's Yard Sale Makeovers


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48 comments:

  1. Wow Ginger!!! That looks awesome!!! I'm so inspired by you.. I wish I had 1/10th of your creativity... Can't wait to see what you do next.. :)

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  2. Love it! This would be a great project to link to my Upcycled Awesome linky party.

    http://www.thetshirtdiaries.com/2010/06/upcycled-awesome-linky-party-2.html

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  3. Oh, I am loving this blue you're using. I hate the before on this table, but I love the after. Just wish I had the ability to see the after in these kinds of things like you do!

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  4. LOVE IT! The color is so pretty!

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  5. Thank you for including the products you used. I'm starting to feel like I could potentially tackle a large project!

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  6. Love this! thank you for submitting to Upcycled Awesome! at www.thetshirtdiaries.com

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  7. I love this project and am so jealous of your find! Wonderful work!

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  8. Most excellent! Love it, especially after you glazed it. It is beautiful with lots of character now, just wonderful.

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  9. Isn't it amazing what distressing and do to an old, tired piece of furniture? You breathed new life into this. I see you are new to blogging. I am too! My first post was this month about distressing an old bentwood rocker. Had lots of fun doing it. Good luck with your new blog!
    xoxo
    Nancy

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  10. This is a wonderful redo! Great price....the paint job/glazing add such character to this piece/such real pizazz!!! Night and day change!

    Hugs, Lana

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  11. That turned out great! I love the detail in the doors.

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  12. That turned out great. I love to see a before and after project and this is one of the best.

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  13. Lovely! It is beautiful now!!

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  14. Happy Friday! I am stopping by via the linky party.

    Your chest looks utterly charming!

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  15. Great job, I love the color! I would have been so intimidated by all of those cracks and crevices though!

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  16. Looks fantastic! Thanks for sharing with us at the PoPP.

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  17. Gorgeous! The color is soo pretty! I'm so jealous! I never find ANYTHING at garage sales.

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  18. It is beautiful! I just love it!!

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  19. Hi Ginger.....well It was not Ugly really to begin with, it just looked very outdated. Now the after is amazing....the color is awesome! Thanks for joining in on my party. I would really love if you add my link to the party....thanks so much!!~

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  20. Looks wonderful! Love the color and the glaze you chose!

    ~Lori

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  21. Ahhhhh....what an beautiful makeover...love the color that you used. Come by and check out my COASTAL GIVEAWAY...I think you will like it:)

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  22. That is amazing. I see pieces like this all the time and often don't give a second look. Maybe having to do with their weight.
    Now I will see potential.

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  23. That is one gorgeous piece of furniture! Great job on the redo! *Smiles*

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  24. Your rescued piece is gorgeous! I love the combo of the aqua and glaze in all the intricate details. Just beautiful!

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  25. Well done! very professional!

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  26. Oh I love it! In the process of doing my own chunky detailed piece! Thanks for sharing! Great Job!

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  27. Very nice transformation, it really makes that piece look lighter.

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  28. Great job!! I love the new color!!...Michelle:)

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  29. Thanks for linking up to the Mad Skills party!

    madincrafts.blogspot.com

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  30. I love everything about this piece! Beautiful!

    -Rene

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  31. HUGE improvement! Thanks for joining us for another great Anything Related! ~Bridgette

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  32. Ginger,
    I love the color!!! It would love great in my Living Room!! Wink, Wink!!

    Debbie

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  33. Featuring this...come by and snag a button! ;)

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  34. I love the new color - and I think almost everything looks better with glaze on it. :-)

    Thanks for linking up to Fab Friday-

    Cheers!

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  35. Wow! This turned out amazing!

    Thanks for linking up! Hope to see you today for another link party and a giveaway!
    Ashley @ www.simplydesigning.blogspot.com

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  36. That is awesome!!! I wish a color like that would work in my house. I love it!

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  37. i love everything about this piece! so beautiful
    -jackie
    http://jaclyndesigns.blogspot.com/

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  38. Looks great! I love the detail on it! and the color turned out great. Good motivation, im working on my first project just like it.

    come check me out im hosting my first giveaway

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  39. She ain't ugly anymore! That finish is perfect!

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  40. amazing what paint can do, right?!! love it and the color!

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  41. It's amazing how something that looks so awful as natural wood can be so darn pretty once painted. The gaudy detail becomes charming detail.

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  42. wow, you sure gave her a new life. Maybe we won't look at these ugly 70's cabinets the same anymore after your re-do.

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  43. WOW - this turned out fantastic! And it even matches your blog! :)

    Katie P
    Food, Wine, & Mod Podge

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